Ed Center

Ed Center

Kenzai Member
Assistant Trainer
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Mixed bag 

  • Aug 10th, 2015 at 3:49AM

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I give myself a C+. Which is killing me because I'm an A- student at worst.

My goal on Kenzai Body was to find a diet balance that was closer to the pure Kenzai principles, and would help me get my waistline and mid-section closer to how it was when I finished Body, but would also allow me some indulgences as it's summer and there are so many great opportunities to eat and drink in San Francisco. I also missed the active participation in a like-minded community.

The challenges:
- Work and life were seriously intervening in the last 1.5 weeks. In a three month program, you just bounce back from that. In a one month program, that's almost half the time.
- I exacerbated my ankle sprain
- For the last half of the program, I gave either a half-assed or no-assed effort on the blogs. So although the Bird of Paradise group was focused, supportive, and most importantly, wickedly funny, I deprived myself the privilege of active participation, as well as the increased program results that come with that.
- There were some days where I found myself eating cookies or shit in the office. I don't even like cookies.
- Most critically, I didn't get results. My pants are still tight, my middle is just as soft as it was a month ago.

The successes:
- Despite the ankle sprain, I exercised 26 of 28 days.
- I got really motivated by the double under jumps. Today I did 24 consecutive!
- I cut back my alcohol consumption to about 2x per week. No that's not great for reboot, but that's much more along the lines of what I would like to be doing for balanced and healthy life.
- I stayed with the diet about 85%. Okay I guess I got a B.
- Most importantly, I think I got closer to recognizing what "regular life" eating looks like to keep the health and body that I want. I think it's about what I did on Reboot, but a bit more strict on the diet and alcohol.

So with that in mind, here are my commitments through August and Sept:
I will eat my afternoon snack, even if I don't feel hungry! (This helps keeps me from developing a salt craving around 5pm)
I will enjoy wine or cocktails twice a week - not more
I will experiment with one new Kenzai recipe a week - this will help me avoid boredom
I won't eat it just because it's there - office food and my son's leftovers. Thanks Naoko.

I think these goals will keep me on course through the summer until I take on Body 2 in the fall.

Thanks, Birds, for a great month long run!

 
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7 comments

Kelly M.Kelly M.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 22 (Member)
almost 4 years ago

Great post Ed. Keep it going and I will follow you as we re-insert into KL.


    Barb H.Barb H.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 22 (Member)
    almost 4 years ago

    Your success list sounds pretty successful to me! You've got some good, solid goals lined up too. Well done. Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you on the blogs!


      Virginia T.Virginia T.Alumni
      almost 4 years ago

      Ed, You look gorgeous! I so appreciated your honesty and humor all along the way. Love seeing your son on the blog too--what an angel. If you and hubby (and son) are ever on this side of the Sierras--please look me up! And I will be harvesting my steers this October (late in the month)! Stay well!


        Naoko P.Naoko P.Kenzai Member
        almost 4 years ago

        Great commitments. That's a good idea to write them all out. There sure wasn't much wiggle room in 28 days but I think it got us Birds all in the right direction. Look at what a difference just a simple smile makes in your final photo compared to your starting one. Let us keep a positive prospective, keep things fresh and yes, I will keep moving too. Thank you Ed!


          Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Member
          Head Traineralmost 4 years ago

          The man who's before picture is better than most people's after picture! I love training with you Ed, you know it's more than just push ups and bring a lot of fun to the experience!
          Rebooted!


            Martha T.Martha T.Alumni
            almost 4 years ago

            Ed: you are delightful and have a serious bod going on, there is no "soft middle", I checked!--- you look amazing and I think you are being brutal, not just hard on yourself. We all do the best we can with what we've got and you have a life, a job, a husband, a son and fun friends with bars----all perfection and no fun makes us all dull birds. Stay vigilant and you will soar. xxx


              Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
              Assistant Traineralmost 4 years ago

              These comments really make me wish I could hang out with y'all in person. Thanks everyone!


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